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    About 7,000 people attended a rally in Lisbon on Tuesday night (30 March). The rally?

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    About 7,000 people attended a rally in Lisbon on Tuesday night (30 March). The rally was staged by Portugal's Socialist Party to introduce their candidates for the country's legislative assembly elections -- scheduled for 25 April.

    The election campaigns officially start this Sunday (4 April) and Portugal's 250-member constituent assembly is currently putting the finishing touches to a new constitution due to be promulgated by saturday (3 April).

    Socialist Party leader Dr. Michael Soares addressed the rally and told supporters that his party would never form an alliance with either the Communist Party or the centrist Popular Democrats (PPD). His promise was re-iterated by another senior party official, Francisco Salgado Zenha.

    Dr. Soares launched a scathing attack on the Communists calling them "social imperialists".

    He referred to recent strikes organised by the Communist led unions and said the Communists had acted "like firemen who start a blaze secretly and then show themselves putting it out".

    Dr. Soares's statements were met by wild cheering from the huge crowd, who continued to chant slogans after their leader had left the meeting.

    SYNOPSIS: About 7,000 people attended a rally staged by the Portuguese Socialist Party in Lisbon on Tuesday night. The rally was called to allow the Socialists to introduce their candidates for the coming legislative assembly elections.

    Senior party official Francisco salgado Zenha was one of the main speakers at the rally. the official election campaign starts on Sunday, and Portugal's 250-member constituents assembly is currently putting the finishing touches to a new constitution due to be released by Saturday. The elections themselves are due to be held on 25 April.

    The main speaker at the rally was Socialist Party leader Dr. Michael Soares. Dr. Soares told his supporters that his party would never form an alliance with either the Communist Part or the centrist Popular Democrats (PPD). He also launched a scathing attack on the Communists -- calling them "social imperialists".

    Dr. Soares's speech was met by wild cheering from the huge crowd, who continued to chant slogans long after he had left the meeting.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4GQ33XX2GXRL5H4UKNGJ58X28
    Media URN:
    VLVA4GQ33XX2GXRL5H4UKNGJ58X28
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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